Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Knitted Tea Cosy

This past week I knitted a tea cosy!
Like my family doesn't think I am crazy already - my son asked why there was knitting on the teapot!

The pattern is a free pattern on Ravelry, called Fairy Cake Tea Cosy by Frankie Brown. The pattern is extremely well written and easy to follow; it is written for two sizes, I made the large one. The only change that I made was that I knitted the top section in the round because I didn't want to have to sew a seam.

This project started out as 100grams of natural wool roving (Knit Picks Bare Roving, it was the first time I have used it, and I would buy it again).

I dyed about two thirds into two different colours, using acid dyes and steaming.

I spun it into a thick-and-thin, singles yarn, because I wanted a really rustic, 'homespun' look. I used a  'quick-and-dirty' short backwards draw - it took less than an hour to spin the three skeins.

I washed the skeins in very hot water to set the twist, and rinsed them in cold water to felt them slightly. It was fun to spin, and the yarn was nice to knit with.
Spinning - because knitting isn't weird enough!

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!


Raewyn said...

It is gorgeous Joanne, and so neat to see what you started with and how it has progressed to something so lovely! Really, all you need is the sheep!!

Sheila said...

Your tea cosy is just lovely , I love how you arrived at these Colors too , interesting .

Joan said...

Beautiful tea-cosy Joanne - your post made me smile :)

Wendy said...

Cute Tea Cozy. You should cozy everything and see what what your boys say then!

zenuwpees said...

La laine et thea cozy sont beau bon après-midi Marie-Claire

Carolyn Sullivan said...

OH that is darling! one day when I finish the sweater.shawl I started 2 yrs ago this April, and the socks I have on the needle I have to try that!

Barb said...

so cute! reminds me of an acorn. great yarns!